Isaiah 11

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Isaiah 11
Great Isaiah Scroll.jpg
The Great Isaiah Scroll, the best preserved of the biblical scrolls found at Qumran from the second century BC, contains all the verses in this chapter.
Book Book of Isaiah
Bible part Old Testament
Order in the Bible part 23
Category Nevi'im

Isaiah 11 is the eleventh chapter of the Book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.[1][2] This book contains prophesies attributed to the prophet Isaiah.


Textual versions[edit]

Some most ancient manuscripts containing this chapter in Hebrew language:

  • Masoretic Text (10th century)
  • Dead Sea Scrolls: (2nd century BC) [3][4]
    • 1QIsaa: complete
    • 4QIsaa (4Q55): extant: verses 12-15
    • 4QIsab (4Q56): extant: verses 7-9
    • 4QIsac (4Q57): extant: verses 4-11
    • 4QIsal (4Q65): extant: verses 14-15

Ancient translations in Koine Greek:

Verse 1[edit]

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.[5]

Cross reference: Isaiah 11:10

  • "Rod" (חטר choṭı̂r; also in Proverbs 14:3: or "branch" (צמח tsemach) in Isaiah 4:2 (a twig, a shoot); these words "are messianic terms."[6]
  • Jesse: the father of king David (1 Samuel 16:1-20).[7]
  • "Branch" - (נצר nêtser). A twig, branch, sprout or shoot; a word of "messianic terms."[6] The word occurs four times in the Hebrew Bible including this verse; the other three are Isaiah 60:21 : 'They shall inherit the land forever, the branch of my planting;' Isaiah 14:19 : 'But thou art cast out of thy grave as an abominable branch;' Daniel 11:7: 'But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate.'

Verse 3[edit]

His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord, (English Standard Version), or
Of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord (King James Version).

Anglican bishop Robert Lowth translates as "He shall be of quick discernment in the fear of JEHOVAH".[8] According to Andrew Fausset, the literal meaning is "quick-scented in the fear of Jehovah".[9]

Verse 6[edit]

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.[10]

Verse 10[edit]

“And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
Who shall stand as a banner to the people;
For the Gentiles shall seek Him,
And His resting place shall be glorious.”[11]

Cross reference: Isaiah 11:1
Cited by Apostle Paul in Romans 15:12

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ J. D. Davis. 1960. A Dictionary of the Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House.
  2. ^ Theodore Hiebert, et al. 1996. The New Interpreter's Bible: Volume VI. Nashville: Abingdon.
  3. ^ Timothy A. J. Jull; Douglas J. Donahue; Magen Broshi; Emanuel Tov (1995). "Radiocarbon Dating of Scrolls and Linen Fragments from the Judean Desert". Radiocarbon. 37 (1): 14. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  4. ^ Ulrich 2010, p. 353-354.
  5. ^ Isaiah 11:1
  6. ^ a b The Nelson Study Bible. Thomas Nelson, Inc. 1997. ISBN 9780840715999. pp. 1111-1114.
  7. ^ The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Third Edition, New Revised Standard Version, Indexed. Michael D. Coogan, Marc Brettler, Carol A. Newsom, Editors. Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2007. pp. 994-996 Hebrew Bible. ISBN 978-0195288810
  8. ^ Lowth, R., Isaiah: a new translation: with a preliminary dissertation, and notes, critical, philological and explanatory, Boston, W. Hilliard; Cambridge, J. Munroe and Company, 1834, page 22
  9. ^ Fausset, A. R., in Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary on Isaiah 11, accessed 22 March 2018
  10. ^ Isaiah 11:6
  11. ^ Isaiah 11:10


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